Aid, Peacebuilding and the Resurgence of War: Buying Time in by Sarah Holt (auth.)

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Fear for the security of participants arises from anecdotal evidence that the LTTE had dealt severely with a village where a number of its residents were openly critical to outsiders of the LTTE with regard to the projects that were being undertaken in the village. 71 Risks to the researcher include that of physical danger resulting from the return of war, and the prevalence of armed groups in the North and East. There are increased risks of personal injury due to poor infrastructure, dangerous public transport and risks of infection and disease due to poor sanitation and a lack of health facilities in the North and East.

If, as Walter argues, combatants are unlikely to warrant these transformations without a ‘credible security guarantee’ then there is significant risk in the strategy of embarking on peacebuilding activities without such a guarantee. There are two views on the timing of peacebuilding, one which sees the potential of peacebuilding activities to support the peacemaking process, and another which sees these types of transformative programmes as unlikely to take place in the absence of security guarantees.

If, as Walter argues, combatants are unlikely to warrant these transformations without a ‘credible security guarantee’ then there is significant risk in the strategy of embarking on peacebuilding activities without such a guarantee. There are two views on the timing of peacebuilding, one which sees the potential of peacebuilding activities to support the peacemaking process, and another which sees these types of transformative programmes as unlikely to take place in the absence of security guarantees.

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